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I need a device with good battery life, portability, and a low price to use at school. I would only "google" things and type up papers (I have horrible handwriting). The only problem I can think of is that I really like to use PowerPoint for projects, and I can't get that on a chromebook. (I know there are alternates and web apps, but they just 'aren't the same') I have a copy of XP and have heard of people dual-booting, but can't find out how to set that that up. Should I decide to get one, Acer or Samsung?

asked Dec 05 '11 at 19:57

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For the same price, you could get something like a ThinkPad x120e (one of my favorite ultraportables). You can install Google Chrome and get everything you'd get out of a Chromebook. Plus, you could install Microsoft Office/LibreOffice with no trouble. You can get a lot more out of a full featured laptop for less money.

ThinkPad X120e: http://shop.lenovo.com/us/laptops/thinkpad/x-series/x120e

answered Dec 05 '11 at 20:11

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why get something as limited and overpriced for the specs as a chromebook when you can get a netbook or a lower cost laptop (which will have far better specs, and install the chrome software + multiple other OS if you want and get the best of both worlds?

answered Dec 06 '11 at 12:03

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I would highly recommend a Chromebook. You are the exact type of person Google is making these devices for. I would highly recommend looking into Google Docs Presentations. It is similar to Power Point, and you will have be able to use the #1 web based office software (in my opinion), Google Docs. Some other things to consider, a Chromebook is going to run very fast because the OS is very small, and optimized to run on specific hardware. The battery life is also incredible.

I would try to stay away from low end PCs. One reason is performance. Windows is designed to be a full desktop operating system, not for low powered laptop computers. Also, you probably won't have some of the nice features of a Chromebook such as a built in GPS. Another thing to consider is the price. With a Windows computer you will have to install anti-virus software which can cost money and slow down your computer. If you want Microsoft Powerpoint, consider the cost of buying the software, and having to upgrade it every 5 years or so, plus you don't benefit from having your documents stored in the cloud.

As for dual booting a Chromebook, it's a pretty complicated process, and is only easily done with Linux. You also destroy your Chromebook's strongest security layer. This is a possibility, but if you really need PowerPoint that bad, you should really be using a computer running Windows nativly, although I would consider at least a mid-level computer for running Windows. I have had some bad experiences with netbook computers.

answered Dec 06 '11 at 01:07

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ThinkPad x120e isn't a netbook. It's more like a MacBook Air.

(Dec 06 '11 at 06:26) PCLinux7 PCLinux7's gravatar image

I need something Best Buy sells so I can take advantage of their loan program, though.

(Dec 06 '11 at 19:24) gppl gppl's gravatar image

way to over priced. you can get a normal laptop for what a chrome book costs. but if you really want it you could maybe boot xp off of a flash drive. because you said something about dual booting but the only problem is the hard drives for chrome books are only like 16 gigs. just get a laptop.

answered Dec 29 '11 at 17:33

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